grande dame

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noun \ ˈgrän-ˈdäm \

Definition of grande dame

plural grandes dames play \ˈgrän-ˈdäm(z)\ also grande dames play \ˈgrän-ˈdäm(z)\
1 :a usually elderly woman of great prestige or ability
2 :granddaddy 2

Examples of grande dame in a Sentence

  1. the city's grandes dames still hold considerable sway in its cultural life

Origin and Etymology of grande dame

French, literally, great lady

grande dame Synonyms


GRANDE DAME Defined for English Language Learners

grande dame

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Definition of grande dame for English Language Learners

  • : a usually old woman who is highly admired or respected



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